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Dower


DOWER, noun [Gr., a gift; to give. Latin ]

1. That portion of the lands or tenements of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, after the death of her husband. [This is the usual present signification of the word.]

2. The property which a woman brings to her husband in marriage.

3. The gift of a husband for a wife.

Ask me never so much dowry and gift. Genesis 34:1.

4. Endowment; gift.

How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower